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Alex Boisvert-Lacroix

Canada

SportShort Track
NOCCanada
Born08 Apr 1987 in Sherbrooke 
GenderMen
ResidenceMontreal, QC, CAN
OccupationAthlete, Sports Teacher
LanguagesEnglish, French
Higher educationPhysical Education, Teaching - University of Quebec: Montreal, QC, CAN
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/alex.boisvertlacroix  
alexboisvertlacroix.weebly.com/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamCentre National Gaetan Boucher [CNGB]: Canada  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport at age six in Sherbrooke, QC, Canada.  
Reason for choosing this sport"I was taking a skating lesson as a child and after my practice I saw some older kids do some racing. I told my parents I wanted to do races."  
Name of coachGregor Jelonek [national], CAN  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationOCCUPATION
He completed his studies in sports teaching in 2017, which he had begun 10 years earlier. After the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, he began working at the College Jean Eudes in Montreal, QC, Canada, where he teaches physical education. "My objective as a sports teacher is to transmit my passion for sport. I hope the kids will see my passion and that might inspire them to achieve." (ici.radio-canada.ca, 20 Apr 2018)

POST-PYEONGCHANG PLANS
He said he went into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang hoping to win a medal, following two gold medals and a bronze in the World Cup season leading up to the Games. But he ended up finishing 11th in his event [500m] in Pyeongchang. "I wanted a [Olympic] medal so badly because it was achievable. [But] my coach was the first to come and see me and say I was not allowed to be disappointed, that I had to hold my head high. If I look back to where I was two years ago, I would have been happy just to have been at the Olympics, regardless of the result." He said he has not yet decided whether he will aim to return for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. "I do not look four years ahead. An Olympic cycle is a long time. I will take it one year at a time. " (ici.radio-canada.ca, 07 Mar 2018)

MOVE TO SPEED SKATING
Having made his international debut in short track in 2007, he contracted glandular fever and missed out on the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, which prompted a switch to speed skating. "[It] came at a bad time, I needed to change something. I had reached a certain plateau [in short track] that I was unable to overcome. That's when I decided to test my skills in speed skating." (alexboisvertlacroix.weebly.com, 22 Nov 2015)

LUCKY SHIRTS
He likes to wear a number of old lucky t-shirts under his suit during competitions. "For example, there are a few t-shirts that my mother wore when she played volleyball at a high level. There's another that I used to wear in primary school with my favourite team on it, the Chicago Bulls, because Michael Jordan is my hero." (alexboisvertlacroix.weebly.com, 22 Nov 2017)
 
Awards and honoursIn 2017 he was named International Male Athlete of the Year at the 36th edition of the Merite sportif de l'Estrie in Quebec, Canada. (radio-canada.ca, 02 Feb 2017)  
HobbiesWatching movies and television series, eating out. (alexboisvertlacroix.weebly.com, 22 Nov 2015)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsHe has a number of old t-shirts that carry special meaning for him, which he wears under his suit during competitions. (alexboisvertlacroix.weebly.com, 22 Nov 2017)  
Other sportsHe has competed in short track at international level, including finishing third in the 500m at the 2007 World Cup event in Harbin, People's Republic of China. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Dec 2015; alexboisvertlacroix.weebly.com, 22 Nov 2015)  
Most influential person in careerCoaches Gregor Jelonek and Stephen Gough. (Athlete, 12 Nov 2017)  
Hero / IdolUS basketballer Michael Jordan, Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (Athlete, 12 Nov 2017)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning his first World Cup gold medal in December 2017. (speedskating.ca, 03 Dec 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Each athlete is different." (Athlete, 08 Feb 2017)  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2007/2008 World Cup Harbin 500m3  
    2008/2009 Dresden 5000m Relay4  
    2007/2008 World Cup 500m8  
    2008/2009 Dresden 500m8  
    2008/2009 Dresden 500m13  
    2008/2009 World Cup 500m29  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m50  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m78